Rapid Reaction: Rangers 8, Orioles 5
BALTIMORE -- Ian Kinsler’s three-run double sparked a six-run sixth inning that helped the Texas Rangers to an 8-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in Game 1 of a four-game series Monday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Kinsler finished with four RBIs as Texas won its second straight game.
Staying hot: Kinsler is starting to get on a roll. He stretched his recent hitting streak to seven games with his 2-for-5, 4-RBI performance in Monday’s win. He’s now 6-for-15 in his last four games. Kinsler tallied an RBI single in the third inning and what would be the game-winning three-run double to left in the sixth, which gave the Rangers an 8-3 lead. Kinsler now has a .340 career average and a 14-game hitting streak against the Orioles.
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Good and bad: First baseman Mitch Moreland entered the game mired in a 3-for-26 slump over his last six games. Things appeared to be looking up when he gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead with a broken-bat single to center in the fourth inning. However, that turned around in the bottom of the inning, when Moreland’s throwing error helped the Orioles score two runs and set up another in a three-run inning. Moreland’s throw to pitcher Derek Holland on a Brian Roberts grounder was wild. One run scored on the grounder, and the bad throw let in another. The error also put Roberts on second, and he later scored.
Most productive inning in some time: The six-run sixth inning was the best for the Rangers since May 16, when they scored seven runs in the third inning against the Tigers and went on to a 10-4 victory. In this big inning, the Rangers banged out six hits, with the key one being Kinsler’s three-run double that gave Texas a five-run lead.
Lucky seven? Maybe batting seventh suits Elvis Andrus. Rangers manager Ron Washington put him there for the first time this year -- the shortstop usually hits first or second -- and Andrus went 2-for-4 with one RBI. Andrus singled and scored in the third and did the same in the sixth inning. Or maybe it has something to do with hitting at Oriole Park. Andrus now has a .348 average (24-for-69) in Baltimore.
Up next: The Rangers will try to put together a third consecutive win on Tuesday, when Martin Perez goes against Baltimore’s Zach Britton in a battle of young left-handers at 6:05 p.m. CT on FSSW and ESPN 103.3 and 1540.
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